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Monday, July 9, 2018

HEA PR & More Presents: Toxic by H.J. Bellus & Kathy Coopmans; #ReleaseBlitz, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #Live

by HJ Bellus & Kathy Coopmans 
Rating:  4.5 Stars
Told in the first person.  Alternating persons.

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from HEA PR & More and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

I’m toxic. She’s pure. I can’t stay away. 

I saved a life by taking another. It throttled me into a vortex of endless darkness with booze and sex as my only solace. 

Until her. 

Maria Richards brought light back into my life even through my drunken haze. For weeks, I treated her like trash. Felt guilty as hell the moment I left her bed and breakfast. 

Life has a funny way of bringing back your past sins. A second chance with Maria stumbles in my path. It’s time to right my wrongs and be the man I burn to be. 

I’ve never believed in redemption, and now it’s my only hope.





My Thoughts:

Maria Richards wishes she were somewhere else.  Alex Diamond is all about getting the job done.  But that job comes with consequences.  One thing they have in common is family.  This story doesn’t start out with any hearts and flowers.  It left me feeling sorry for Alex but it also left me glad when I finally saw his “aha” moment.

A secondary character that I came to love was Maria’s Aunt Peaches.  Would love to visit her establishment and then read this book all over again.  But Maria would have to be there as well.  Her dad reminds me of my own father.  No matter how old we may be they still think of us as their little girl and will do whatever they can to protect us.

These authors were very respectful of Maria’s lack of experience.  They let our couple’s story progress at Maria’s own pace even though at times Alex seemed a little impatient.  She may lack experience but she knows how to fight for what she wants and how to speak her mind.  There came one point in the story where I finally got hooked and there was no way I was putting this book down until I read that last word.  And for everything these two went through the authors came up with the perfect ending.

The only quandary I have is to wait for their next collaboration – and that’s never a bad thing.  Or should I go back and look at what this crossover entails.  Either choice will make me happy so than it becomes which do I do first.  That’s a puzzle that I will eventually figure out.




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